Hygienists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $34.06 per hour for pay. Most Hygienists report high levels of job satisfaction. About a fourth enjoy medical while a little more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,149 - $73,260
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$73K
MEDIAN: $53,701
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$24.21 - $47.23
(Median)
$24
$34
$47
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,149 - $73,260  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $7,419  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$14,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,642 - $96,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$24.21 - $47.23  
   
Overtime
$52.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$412.17 - $7,419  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,642 - $96,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Hygienist

  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. Hygienists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $70K.

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Experience Affects Hygienist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$69,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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